Henry Rutgers (1745-1830)

Object Number: 
1861.3
Date: 
ca. 1828
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall: 29 1/4 x 24 1/4 in. ( 74.3 x 61.6 cm )
Gallery Label: 
Henry Rutgers, philanthropist and benefactor of Rutgers College, was born in New York into a wealthy, landed family. He served as regent of the New York State University from 1802 to 1826, and as a trustee of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton) from 1804 to 1817; from 1816 to 1821 he was a trustee of Queen's College (now Rutgers), a struggling institution which he and its new president, Rev. Dr. Philip Milledoler, helped to revive. The institution was renamed in his honor at that time.
Bibliography: 
Catalogue of the Museum and Gallery of Art of the New-York Historical Society, New York: Printed for the Society, no. 141, 1862, p. 15. Champlin, John Denison, Jr., ed., "Henry Inman," Cyclopedia of Painters and Paintings, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1913, Vol. 2, p. 316. Catalogue of the Gallery of Art of The New York Historical Society, no. 175, New York: Printed for the Society, 1915, p. 30. Kelby, William, Notes on American Artists 1754-1820, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1922, p. 68. Bolton, Theodore, "Henry Inman, Portrait Painter," Creative Art, Vol. 12, February 1933, p. 161. Dickson, H.E., "John Wesley Jarvis: Knickerbocker Painter," New-York Historical Society Quarterly 24, no. 2, April 1940, p. 59. Bolton, Theodore, "A Catalogue of the Paintings of Henry Inman," no. 123, The Art Quarterly 3, no. 4 (Autumn 1940), p. 411. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1941, p. 261. Catalogue of American Portraits in the New-York Historical Society, no. 1768, Vol. 2, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1974, p. 685.
Credit Line: 
Gift of P. R. Bonnett
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Creative: Tronvig Group